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The End Is Not Near: School Turn Arounds Continue To Strike Out

John Thompson | Posted 08.05.2011 | Education
John Thompson

Even before the results of the first year of SIG turnaround at scale have come in, true believers in turnarounds have been issuing warnings that the outcomes will not be pretty.

Why Don't We Have More Women in Public Office? Look at Who's Running the Campaigns

Yashar Ali | Posted 07.23.2011 | Politics
Yashar Ali

Current statistics are dismal: women hold fewer than 20% of House and Senate seats. The House faced its first decline of women members in 30 years. Why are we slipping back after so many years of slow but steady progress?

When Powerful Men Cross Lines: Schwarzenegger and DSK

ProPublica | Posted 07.18.2011 | Politics

The week's news about the sexual conduct of politically powerful men gives me a queasy feeling of déjà vu. Eight years ago I was dragged into an investigation of allegations that Schwarzenegger had sexually harassed women.

Wal-Mart Family's $800M Art Museum Gift

Los Angeles Times | Posted 07.06.2011 | Arts

It makes for a good story, but the munificent $800-million gift from the family that owns Wal-Mart, meant to endow programs and operations at Alice Wa...

Painter Roasts Westboro Baptist Church

Los Angeles Times | Posted 06.20.2011 | Arts

Leaders of the ultra-conservative Westboro Baptist Church have repeatedly skirted the law by maintaining a legal distance while picketing military fun...

Tales From College Writing Courses: The Horrors Continue

Michael Roth | Posted 06.17.2011 | College
Michael Roth

In the Basement of the Ivory Tower is chock-full of bonehead tales from the classroom. Some are amusing, but after a while they leave a bad taste in the reader's mouth. Should a teacher be this condescending?

Jason Linkins

Red Cross Study: A Majority Of Teens Now Support Torture | Jason Linkins | Posted 06.13.2011 | Media

Over at the Daily Beast, Daniel Stone dives into a study on torture conducted by the American Red Cross. "Americans' opinions on torture seem to have ...

Protect Your Manhood: End the War in Afghanistan

Robert Naiman | Posted 06.08.2011 | World
Robert Naiman

Before you enlist or deploy, I think you have to ask yourself whether we still live in the same country that sent Max Cleland off to be maimed in a war in which our leaders did not believe.

Hix Nix Tix Pix (And So Does Everyone Else)

Stu Kreisman | Posted 05.30.2011 | Entertainment
Stu Kreisman

Unless it's chapter five of a franchise like Transformers, or lame remakes of classics like Arthur, nobody on the business side in Hollywood has a clue of what to do.

Thinking About Charlie Sheen: 4 Thoughtful Editorials

Danny Groner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Danny Groner

Since Sheen's epic radio rant and subsequent meltdown, some editorial writers have considered the larger issues at play with the story. Here, a look at some of the best takes.

"No-Fly Zone"? Senator Kerry, the UN Charter Is Supreme Law

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Naiman

The imposition of a no-fly zone over Libya must be approved by the UN Security Council. Otherwise, it will violate the UN Charter -- and the U.S. Constitution, which states that our treaty obligations are "the supreme law of the land."

Tribune Bankruptcy Case: Judge To Weigh In

AP | MICHAEL LIEDTKE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A two-week hearing begins Monday to determine the fate of Tribune Co. more than two years after an ill-advised $8.2 billion buyout drove one of the ol...

The L.A. Times Stands Behind Incorrect Teacher Ratings

Kevin Welner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Kevin Welner

The L.A. Times has not been simply reporting on teacher evaluations or ratings. It has been creating them and publicizing them.

Senior Bashing Is Back in Season

Bernard Starr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bernard Starr

How can Social Security possibly reduce debt? It might sound too good to be true. But in this case, it is true.

Betting on Arianna

Robert Scheer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Robert Scheer

Blogging has opened up the traditional channels of reporting to include informed people with scholarly and experiential credibility who formerly were begging to appear on the Op-Ed plantation of leading newspapers.

Mel Gibson And Oksana Grigorieva Texts Revealed

Huffington Post | Sara Wilson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Divorce

A Los Angeles Times investigation has discovered text messages that Mel Gibson and ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva exchanged while their lawyers duked...

Anderson Cooper Egypt Coverage Criticized By L.A. Times

The Huffington Post | Jack Mirkinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

UPDATE: James Rainey defended his comments about Anderson Cooper in a blog post on Monday. He stressed that he did not think Cooper had said anything ...

Calculating Value: How To Rate Teachers For Teaching Effectively

John Rogers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
John Rogers

Colorado researchers concluded that the Los Angeles Times' method does not reliably identify the teachers who add value to student test scores.

Stability or Chaos? The Role of Omar Suleiman in the Egyptian Political Game

Steve Schohn | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Steve Schohn

Omar Suleiman's main goal is stability in Egypt, and if he continues to lead the negotiation process, then the current government should manage to retain power over the coming weeks.

New Analysis Shows Serious Flaws in LA Times Evaluation of Teacher Effectiveness

Charles Kerchner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Charles Kerchner

Nearly half the rankings handed out to L.A. Unified teachers by the Los Angeles Times may be wrong, two researchers say.

Why I Don't Trust Education Research

Alan Gottlieb | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Alan Gottlieb

Staring a sentence with the words "research shows" is aimed at sticking a dagger in the heart of an opponent's argument. Increasingly, though, I am finding reasons not to trust education research.

WikiLeaks Reveals Details of Mubarak's Severance Package

Andy Borowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Andy Borowitz

According to the documents made available by WikiLeaks, upon leaving office Mr. Mubarak will receive $40 billion but will not be allowed to serve as dictator of another country for six months.

Showing Some Political Backbone for the Wilshire Boulevard BRT

Joel Epstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Joel Epstein

Next to the spontaneous uprisings against illegitimate regimes in Tunisia and Egypt, as a news story, the Wilshire bus rapid transit (BRT) project pal...

Obama Says He Will Resend Message to Mubarak, This Time in All Caps

Andy Borowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Andy Borowitz

In the days since it became clear that Mr. Mubarak did not receive the White House's initial message, Mr. Obama has been huddling with advisers to discuss a range of more drastic options, including changing the message's font altogether.

Tough Loving the New York Times -- Who's Poorer, Elders or Youth?

Paul Kleyman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Paul Kleyman

Last Saturday the usually astute columnist Charles M. Blow showed even humane writers can experience statistical snow blindness at times.